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Jacaranda dreaming

Recent early morning cycles have taken me past glorious jacarandas and silky oaks in flower, a sombre graveyard, and a duck in need of support.


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Here’s to you, William Robinson…

After lunch in the City, strolling home through the Queensland University of Technology precinct Ron and I wandered into Old Government House and lucked upon a terrific (free) permanent exhibition of the paintings of William Robinson.

Old Government House dates from 1862, making it pretty old by Australian standards. It housed 11 Governors over 48 years. The wife of Queensland’s first governor, George Bowen, gave birth to two of their children in the House. I assume the Diamantina River and town of Roma are named for her, and the town of Bowen for her husband.

Old Government House, Brisbane

Old Government House, Brisbane

William Robinson was born in 1936, and is still living in Brisbane. Winner of the Archibald and Wynne prizes and various other accolades, William is a great painter of landscapes and quirky scenes.


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Whither the corner store?

Once upon a time, we had an abundance of corner shops in our towns and cities, but they have gradually been eased out by the longer hours of the big chain supermarkets and our comfort with getting in the car to head off shopping at big centres and malls (instead of strolling down to the corner – and paying perhaps more for our purchases).

On my cycles I go past some of the survivors – open at the civilised hour of 6:30am (not so civilised for the proprietors no doubt), and here are two. Love the old Billy Tea siding.

Hoogley Street corner shop

Hoogley Street corner shop

An's convenience store

An’s – An saved up and built a house on the back – hardy immigrant behaviour!

Some other pics from my cycling mornings:


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Down by the river

Today I cycled along the Brisbane Corso, a favourite route, and saw a rainbow in the heavy southwestern skies.

Rainbow over Brisbane River

Boats, earthworks and a rainbow

The cats’ whiskers are in flower …

Cats whiskers

Orthosiphon aristatus

… as are the golden penda.

Golden penda

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

Trusty has a rest against a paperbark tree.

Paperbark and bike

Probably melaleuca leucadendra

A new horn on an old bike. Noise: blit — blat! Reckon it’ll clear the path.
Bike horn

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Floral Sunday

Today I cycled to Roma Street Parklands – these lovely gardens were the brainchild of Colin Campbell, a much loved horticulturist who died last year, and for whom a large section full of bright blooms, sculpture, trees and water features has been named.

Flower beds

Flower beds honouring Colin Campbell

The water dragons were out in force, scaring the tourists. And the blue fairy wrens flitted through the shrubs. Glorious park for a rest stop.


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Well, we wanted rain ….

but not a year’s worth in 60 hours. Following on from devastating bushfires in the south of my country and record-setting heatwaves throughout the land, we’ve just experienced Cyclone Oswald creating havoc in our northern and central coastal parts.

On my morning cycle – after a long weekend of being cooped up while the storm raged – under beautiful blue skies, I saw the Brisbane River carrying debris and flotsam. After our terrible flood of 2011, I couldn’t believe there was still infrastructure to get loose and take to the current, but there it was.

Debris on river

The swollen Brisbane River carrying debris toward the sea

Trees snapped or leaned every which way.

Snapped tree at UQ

What’s left of a tree at University of Queensland – grounds staff had already been to the scene

Water lay around the playing fields.

Ibis at UQ

The birds were happy (where do they go during these wild storms?)

The water was up over the walking path.

Flooded Brisbane River

Tides had brought the flood water up over the road I was on

This year, the boats were saved.

Grammar School boats

Grammar School’s craft all high and dry

The state of the walkway along the cultural precinct hadn’t deterred a few cyclists.

Muddy walkway at Brisbane River

Except me – I decided to spare the back of my cycling shirt and beat a retreat.

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Summer cycling….

On this morning’s cycle (Gladstone Road hill puff-puff, Dornoch Tce downhill Wheeeeeeee!, Orly Park – mind the buses, South Bank – mind the walkers, Annerley Road traffic weaving) I saw:
One young woman walking to work reading a device called a book;
Two runners with dogs on leash;
One LARGE man setting out to cycle for the first time in a loooooonnnng while (“I’m not sure about this helmet…..”);
The Scribe:

Man at table

I feed these birds because I’m a nong

This chap always has flowers or a leafy branch on ‘his’ table while he writes or paints in the early morning. Trolley courtesy of Coles. Birds courtesy of population explosion among nuisance critters in our fair city.

These amphora decorate a Turkish restaurant on my route:


The wall of Caravanserai, West End

The noble steed at a Brisbane landmark:


What the?? Yes, Orstraya is part of Asia

And some of the neighbours hanging out at the Buckinghamia:

Spiders in Tillot Street

Time to move to another tree?

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